Bobby Pin Holder

I’m always searching for bobby pins in my drawer and I figured this would be a great way to keep them together and be something cute to make. 

To make these bobby pin holders you will need:

A magnetic paper clip dispenser –find similar here
Some craft/scrapbook paper
Mod Podge and applicator (I used a sponge/foam paintbrush)
Scissors, paper cutter
Bobby pins

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I laid out the paper, measured the magnetic paper clip holder and traced a line to cut the paper into strips the width of the holder and the length to be enough to wrap around the holder with just a little overage. 

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I then dipped the sponge applicator in the Mod Podge, coated the magnetic paper clip holder one side at a time while adhering the paper to it. 

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So my first few attempts resulted in this.

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If you will notice there is some extra paper on the corners.  I hadn’t noticed that the paper clip holder was not perfectly square. 

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Well, that will just not do so I laid the holder on a piece of paper to create a pattern. 

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I then used the pattern to draw lines on the paper. 

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I cut “slits” so that the paper would lay better on the holder as I was adhering it.

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Then I repeated the Mod Podge and adhering steps listed above.

TA-DAH!!!  This is the result!  Pretty cute if I do say so myself!  

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You can do them in a variety of colors and can even use fabric, although I will say cutting the fabric was a little more tedious so I stuck with the paper.

For now, I am not going to add the paper to the top but you could to give it an even more finished look.  And if you are feeling super creative there are also lots of fun embellishments you could add such as ribbon, twine or even bedazzle it or add some beads! 

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These make great stocking stuffers and are pretty quick to put together.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried something similar! 

Happy crafting!!

live~laugh~love~lisa

 

 

 

 

 

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A Visit With Owney, Mascot of the Railway Mail Service

I am a HUGE fan of the Roadside America (your online guide to offbeat tourist attractions) website.  In fact, I rarely travel anywhere without first researching where I am going on the website and the app on my phone, and this trip was no exception.

Case in point, we were visiting DC and I wanted to know what odd and unusual roadside attractions that I definitely had to see.  I saw the info about  Owney, the stuffed Postal Dog and knew that it was definitely on the list.  Our trip to DC was to celebrate my husbands retirement after 29+ years of service to the USPS so this cool attraction fit right in. 

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At the top of the escalator, before you head down to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, there is a statue of Owney greeting you. 

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National Postal Museum – 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC
Hours:  Daily 10 am – 5:30 pm.
Phone:  202-633-5555
Admission:  Free!

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-Photo of a card provided at the National Postal Museum store

So here’s Owney up close and personal.  Don’t let the glassy eyed stare fool you, he was a cute little dog. 

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This little guy was a stray and the USPS mail clerks grew to love him.  He had found his “forever home” except his “forever home” was not just in one place! 

He started taking trips and as the card above mentions, Owney collected tags, tokens, trinkets and medals from his travels.

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I love seeing little quirky things like this.  They are little nuggets of useless info that I will store in my brain for later use.  You never know who might ask if anyone knows who the mascot of the railway mail service is…and I’ll know the answer!

Me – “Alex, I’ll take animal mascots for $1000.”
Alex – “This dog is the mascot of the U.S. railway mail service.”
Me – “Who is Owney?”
::ding::  ::ding::  ::ding::

And then I’ll get the answer right and probably win a million dollars or something. 

I picked up some *OWNEY* postcards to mail to all of our grandkids. I thought it would be cool for them to receive some mail from Nana and Poppy while we were on our trip so I bought a bunch of postcard stamps before we left.  Seriously, I’m singlehandedly trying to revive the whole postcard/snail mail industry.

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-Photo of postcard at the National Postal Museum

  • Have you ever checked out the Roadside America website?
  • What cool places have you been lately or what quirky things have you seen?

Stay awesome my friends!
live~laugh~love~lisa

Coffee Filter Craft

I came across several packages of unused coffee filters at work.  About 6 months prior I had thrown out about 8 packages so I knew that we weren’t going to use these either.  I decided to look up on Pinterest things that I could do with coffee filters.

As luck would have it there was a baby shower coming up at work and I stumbled upon a really cute garland made out of coffee filters, so BAM!  The decision was made.  I was going to try it.

Here’s what you need:

Coffee filters (you can get them super cheap at the dollar store or save them from being tossed at work like I did)

Food coloring

A pot of cold tap water

Glue gun

Here’s what you do:

Now I had read the instructions on several projects but when it came time to do it I decided to just wing it.  Well not totally wing it.  But I wasn’t following step by step either. 

I gathered the coffee filters, some red food coloring (my project was going to be pink for the baby shower), and a pot with cold water.

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I put some red food coloring, about 3-5 drops in the pot of cold water.  The amount of coloring you are adding depends on the coloring you are going for.  I was trying for a pinkish color. 

I then added all the coffee filters and let them soak for about 30 seconds.  I then wrung them out.  You can wring them out pretty good as they are not too flimsy.  You will want to get as much water out of them as possible to help with the next step. 

I then tried to just air dry them by leaving them spread out on the counter.  They were taking ::forever:: so I put them in the dryer.  Now I checked on them every 30 seconds or so until they were dry because I didn’t want anything catching on fire or something equally hazardous.  They dried really quickly that way.

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{I totally need to make sure the lighting is better for my pics!}

Next I took them individually and folded them in half then brought up the other two sides to make the beginning of a flower shape.

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After folding I stapled them at the bottom to hold them together.

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I then got out my glue gun and started to glue them into a white coffee filter.

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The original plan was to make a bunch of little flower balls but things didn’t go quite as planned.

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The flower didn’t look full enough to me.  Hmmm….not sure really what to do as the original plan also included gluing the two of the above flowers together but like I said, it was not looking as full as I was wanting it to.

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They look fine in the pic above (except for the lighting issues) as they look fluffy and like they would hold up  But when I tried to attach it to the ribbon I was going to hang it with they just looked kind of floppy.  And floppy was not the look I was going for. 

After some deliberation and multiple attempts at forcing them to look like some of the pics on the internet, I ended up just making a big flower ball and this is the finished product!

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So while in my mind it was going to be several much smaller flower balls I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out. 

Here is a pic of how it looked in the break room at work.  Notice how we took it old school with the decorations by adding the paper chain!

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  • What cool things have you created lately?
  • Have you ever taken something and re-used it in a different way? 

Stay awesome my friends!

live~laugh~love~lisa

 

Bacon and Eggs

Now this is a different type of bacon and eggs than you’re used to!  I actually got this recipe years ago when I worked at a Kwik Kopy (a franchise print shop).  A lady came in to make copies of this recipe to send to her relatives.  As I helped her make the copies, I asked her about it and she let me make a copy.  WoooHooo!!  And then, a few days later also brought me a sample…bonus!!  They were yummy and super easy to make and I wanted to share with all of y’all!

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To make your own very yummy bacon and eggs all you need is:

A bag of M&M’s (sorting out the yellow ones but of course other colors are fine too)

A bag of stick pretzels

Almond bark

Here’s how you make it:

Sort the M&M’s and put aside all the yellow ones.  You can also use the other colors too but for the “true bacon and eggs” I use yellow.

Arrange the pretzel sticks (this is the “bacon”) two by two on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Melt the almond bark (this represents the “egg whites”) and then spoon out teaspoonfuls onto the pretzel stick pairings/sets.  I usually do about 7-10 sets at a time so that the melted almond bark is still a little soft when I add the M&M’s.  

Next, add two yellow M&M’s (these are the “egg yolks”) onto the melted almond bark that is just beginning to firm up. 

You can put it in the fridge to set faster or just let them set naturally.  It’s a fun little treat that I hope you enjoy. 

I typically make this around Christmastime and no, I don’t have a reason for that it just seems to be when I do it. 

What fun things to eat have you made lately?

live~laugh~love~lisa

Crochet Bead Necklace

In my pursuit of all things crafty, I stumbled across a post about how to make a crochet bead necklace and knew I had to try it.  I mean, how hard could it be?

The materials you need to make this are some crochet thread, I used Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread in size Classic 10 (I clearly bought MORE than enough), a size B crochet hook, and some beads.

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First need to string the beads onto the thread.  I ran into some trouble trying to do this as the head of the needles I tried to use were too big for the opening of the smaller beads.  I resorted to getting out a needle threader and doing it that way.  Took a little longer but worked just fine. 

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Then begin with a simple chain stitch, I started with 10.  I then brought a bead up and did a chain stitch to anchor it.  I then crocheted 3 more chain stitches and then pulled another bead up.  I continued on until I had used all the beads.  

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I think it turned out pretty cute and it was super easy to make!

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Total cost of this project was $8.98. 

$2.99 for the thread and I obviously have a TON left over so you could purchase a much smaller amount.  I have this crafter’s fear of not having enough to complete the project and then if I go back to get more they won’t have what I need.  So yes, I overbought.  I spent $5.99 for the beads. I had a coupon for the thread so I got it for $1.79 at Michaels and the beads were on sale for $2.99 at Joanns so my total cost was $4.78.  I have some beads left over to make some earrings and a ridiculous amount of crochet thread for a future project. 

What crafts have you made lately?  Feel free to share!

live~laugh~love~lisa

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum

My husband is a retired mailman and the trip to DC was his retirement trip, so of course we just had to visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.

Museum Hours
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except December 25. Admission is free.

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-Photo of a card provided at the National Postal Museum store

As we rode the escalator down to the museum, the first thing that caught my eye was an LLV – Long Life Vehicle.  This is the type of vehicle that my husband drove for the last 15 or so of his 29+ years with the United States Postal Service

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Of course they also had a mailbox.  For his retirement party I made one of these out of cardboard to hold all his retirement congratulations cards. 

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My version of the mailbox, which I think turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.

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Here is Benjamin Franklin, First Postmaster General.

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They had lots of cool displays and here are some things that caught my eye.

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One of the permanent exhibits that they have, that I particularly enjoyed, was the Mail Call exhibit.  Mail Call explores how the military postal system works and why the mail is an important resource.  Types of mail, transportation methods, and postal workers have all changed over time.  Through innovations in technology and organization, mail has become more diverse and military mail services more reliable. 

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An example of a “Post Office” on a Navy ship. 

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This exhibit hit closer to home as I am a military mom.  The role of the Post Office takes on a greater importance when the mail becomes one of your primary sources of connecting with your loved one. 

One of the activities that they had was a mail sorting “game”.  Marvin tried his hand at it and he did pretty good!

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-Photo of a card provided at the National Postal Museum store

I played a “sorting game” with this vintage machine.  You had to push certain buttons to sort the mail.

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As you can see, I sent most of the letters on the right path.  Yea me!!

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Marvin posing with Mr. Zip

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Me with Mr. Zip. 

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We had a lot of fun and if you have time I recommend stopping by as there are lots of interactive displays to enjoy with your family. 

  • What museums have you seen recently?
  • When is the last time you mailed a letter? 

live~laugh~love~lisa

The Moon Rock

Have you ever touched a rock from the moon?  Well I have.  Twice. 

The first time I remember was when I lived in Fredericksburg, VA and we went on a field trip to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  I thought it was so cool to touch a rock that had been on the moon.  Just seemed unreal to me that you could do that. 

Travel forward in time and I now had the opportunity to touch that rock again and I wasn’t going to miss it.  It seriously was top on our list of things to see/do while in DC.

We made our way to the Air and Space Museum and right there in the main lobby was the Moon Rock.  I made my way to it and had Marvin snap a pic of me touching that magical moon rock.

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I took a pic of Marvin touching it as well.  I wanted him to have this awesome opportunity too! 

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That’s my cool story of the day folks, what’s yours? 

live~laugh~love~lisa